Smith on Sports: Addition of Pruitt, Sharp give MSU more local talent

Danny P. Smith

Sports Editor

Mississippi State head football coach Joe Moorhead said Kyziah Pruitt's family bleeds maroon and white.

Those are just the type of players Moorhead wants as a part of the Bulldog family.

Pruitt is a wide receiver from Macon, which is located only about 40 minutes away from Starkville. He was part of a 14-member signing class on Wednesday expected to help MSU keep up a level of success under Moorhead.

Following the strategy of signing days past, again there were one or two local players that have become Bulldogs.

Along with Pruitt, MSU has picked up Columbus native LaQuinston Sharp. He is a 6-3, 310-pound offensive lineman that played the last two years at East Mississippi Community College and won back-to-back national championships.

"It's critically important to use the recruiting model and do as good as we can in the state of Mississippi," Moorhead said.

The last time that the Bulldogs went into Macon and Columbus for players has certainly worked out. Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons came out of Noxubee County and has become a potential first round pick in the upcoming National Football League Draft, while Kylin Hill came out of Columbus and has made his presence felt as a running back at MSU.

Sharp seems to be a very good pick up for the Bulldogs as they look to keep the offensive line solid.

After experiencing one season of competition in the Southeastern Conference, Moorhead realizes the importance of remaining strong up front on both sides of the football.

MSU should benefit from the experience and ability of Sharp. He has been ranked the No. 2 offensive guard prospect by both 247Sports and ESPN.

The fact that he's been around so much success with the Lions should rub off on the Bulldogs. MSU has dabbled in recruiting EMCC players some, but needs to look toward Scooba more. They have some definite winners down there.

It certainly appears that Moorhead has put together a strong December signing class.

He had plenty of time to work the process this time.

After being hired by the Bulldogs only about three weeks before the December signing period last year, Moorhead didn't have long to prepare for what was about to happen.

Moorhead looked much more comfortable on Wednesday standing and talking with the media about his latest class.

Now it's time to hit the reset button and do it all over again in February.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.